Bead Society Orange County

Dress & Adornment of Tribal Asia with Serena Lee

starting at 11 AM – The Norma Kershaw Auditorium – Bowers Museum

Serena Lee had the opportunity to visit northern Vietnam in 1999. She was astonished to discover that, despite the globalization that seem to be happening all over the world, many ethnic minorities still wore their unique clan outfits, expressing a proud allegiance to their ancestral group. Men, women, and children all wore their elaborately decorated, indigo-dyed, handwoven outfits in the fields, in town, in their villages, as well as at festivals. Further research and fieldwork with the ethnic groups in Vietnam, China, and the Southeast Asian Massif confirmed that there are numerous ethnic groups who wear distinctive group dresses and continue other ancient ways of living. And, despite the mass media/communications technology available today, little is known about many of these intriguing peoples.

It is with this sense of wide-eyed exhilaration that Serena has developed Textile Odyssey Tours. Her presentation is about her travels, focusing on tribal Asia.